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Music Students at REALMS hold a banner to promote the 5th Annual Ridgecrest Music Festival. / Laura Austin Photo

5th annual Ridgecrest Music Festival Saturday, May 20

By Laura Quezada News Review Staff Writer– It is time for the 5th Annual Ridgecrest Music Festival family event. You may plan to be there next Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to 10 pm in Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union Community Center at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.  Admission is $10, and kids under 12 are free. You can get your wristband at the door or buy it in advance at Red Rock Books.

You can almost catch her excitement when you speak to Melomania Entertainments President Michelle Britt. “I am so excited about the variety of music genres this year.” Here’s an alphabetical list of types of music you will hear: Big Band, Classical, Country Rock, Heavy Rock, Metal, Orchestral, Punk Rock, Rap, and School Bands. You can see the entire lineup and their performance times on the ‘Melomania Entertainments’ Facebook page.

The festival is designed to be seamless music all day. There will be two stages in the hall. The music will go from one stage to the next, giving the musicians ample time to set up and non-stop music for the audience. On the grounds will be the baby musicians with Music Together and, no doubt, several musicians serenading.

Sierra Academy of Dance dancers will perform Footloose, Shabam, and Teddy Bear for variety in the hall. There will be fire spinners in the hall as well. But wait, there’s more. This year they have a great variety of raffle items, including musical instruments. Kids will enjoy face painting, and everybody will have fun with the Cake Walk. There will be food vendors and adult beverages.

Folks can camp on the fairgrounds at no extra charge. You can bring your RV, but there are no hookups. So, if you plan to enjoy lots of adult beverages, you won’t have to drive home. Britt says, “I have heard a lot of feedback that there will be quite a few people camping out, so it should be fun all night.

I look forward to that. It’s always different after hours when everybody reflects on the whole day.”

The festival has grown tremendously since Britt’s first effort. “It was a very small audience. We had a lot of vendors and musicians, but basically, the audience was vendors and musicians.” Last year there were 900 audience members at the peak of the festival.

“This is only possible because of all the talent, all the teachers, all the vendors, all the volunteers; so, a huge shout out to the community of Ridgecrest,” Britt says from her heart. “All of this is not only about giving a great platform for many local musicians and school bands, it is all to raise funds for music education.” There are many worthy music programs. She gives to middle school music programs first, and she expands the giving if there are enough funds.